Chris Trotter’s deeply rooted background in education makes him an asset to the SPI team. He is a fifth-generation educator and the former Superintendent of Schools at Cleveland ISD, a fast-growth school district that serves approximately 11,000 students.
Chris was recognized during his 31-year career in public education as an advocate for students and a leader in managing strategic growth. After beginning his career teaching math and coaching in Birdville ISD, he accepted administrative and executive positions in various school districts. This included positions at R.L. Turner and Creekview High Schools in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, L.D. Bell High School in Hurst-Euless Bedford ISD, Denison High School, Smithson Valley High School, and as the Chief Administrative Officer in Tomball ISD.
He was featured in Texas Monthly for his work managing the hypergrowth of Cleveland ISD’s student body, and during his Texas career, he worked extensively with both the Texas Legislature and Congress in efforts to ensure adequate and equitable education funding.
Chris currently serves on the advisory boards of Fast Growth Coalition and Equity Center, which help develop policy initiatives for public education school systems. Most of his immediate family also works in education.
Chris holds an undergraduate degree and math certification from Texas A&M University. He earned his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of North Texas.